Research & Development

The Potential to Produce Pumpkin Seed for Processing in North East Victoria

The Potential to Produce Pumpkin Seed for Processing in North East Victoria

Report Released into the Potential to Produce Pumkin Seed in North East Victoria

An established pumpkin seed processing company, looking to source additional Australian-grown pumpkin seed for its operation, has identified a number of potential future production areas, includingthe north east of Victoria. For farmers on ex-tobacco farms in the Ovens, King and Kiewa valleys, their conversion to the production of pumpkin seed potentially fits well with their region and circumstances.

Like any farmers wishing to diversify or find alternatives to a crop-based industry that has faced closure, these farmers need good information on the agronomy of a potential new crop, the suitability of their area and circumstances for producing that crop, and information about potential markets. Prior to this study, there was little information published on the potential of an edible pumpkin seed industry in Australia.